For the first time 7a*11d has invited two curators (who will not be presenting performances) to attend the festival: Miriam GINESTIER from Montréal and Jonas STAMPE from Gothenburg, Sweden and Guangzhou, China.
The idea behind having performance curators take part is in order to open new opportunities for local artists to locate their work in a national and international context, and to establish ongoing, in-depth relationships with our peers and their networks. We hope to facilitate ‘studio visits’ and meetings with our visitors and artists involved in performance art in Toronto and environs.
Performance art is unique in its international network of artist organizers. Over decades the ‘eternal network’ of artists has built a web around the world, and many, many of the artists we invite also organize events in their own countries. This small program aims to encourage greater international understanding of contemporary performance art practices and to encourage future work through collaborations, exchanges and festivals.
Miriam GINESTIER is the Artistic and General Director of Studio 303, a busy Montréal centre for dance and interdisciplinary art, and an award-winning creator of cultural events for Montréal’s lesbian community. An innovator at Studio 303, Miriam has prioritized the development of emerging artists and performance practices through a holistic vision incorporating residencies, workshops, mentorships and discussion salons, alongside and through events such as Edgy Women (performance festival) and Corps Atipyk, celebrating atypical bodies in dance. Her newest venture at Studio 303 is on helping proven artists develop their national and international markets, through events such as SPARK.
She is a board member of the CanDance Network and the RAIQ (Québec’s interdisciplinary arts network), and is an active member of Culture Montréal’s Emerging Artists and Practices committee. A former DJ, performer, and filmmaker (her three silent shorts have been screened internationally), Miriam is also a freelance organizer of queer cultural events (such as Meow Mix).
Jonas STAMPE was born in 1965, and lives and works in Guangzhou, China and Gothenburg, Sweden. Art historian, theoritician, critic and curator, Jonas Stampe has been active as a curator since 2000 and is the co-founder and curator of an international network of festivals including Infr’Action – Festival International d’Art Performance in Sète, France (since 2005), Infr’Action Paris (since 2009), Live Actionin Gothenburg, Sweden (since 2006), the now discontinued Live Action New York(2009-2010), Infr’Action Venezia (since 2011), and the upcoming Guangzhou Live 3 (since 2010).
“The diversity that exists in action art is probably its most important quality, besides being ephemeral, mobile, alive, democratic, irreproducible, authentic and theoretically challenging. It is exactly its diversity, alongside its imaginative and conceptual openness in the creative and receptive process, its human size and existential expansion, that makes it unique in relation to other art forms like contemporary object art or contemporary stage art. It is an art medium which embraces many tendencies whether it is conceptual, visual, durational, improvisational, oral poetry or based on sound, video or the digital. The absence of a dominating material/media/tool allows the artist to embrace any or all, to move freely between them, and finally focus on what is central, the human.”